Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria

The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria – often abbreviated as MBGN – is a pageant organised by Silverbird Group with the main purpose of sending representatives to international competitions. Originally known as Miss Universe Nigeria, it was renamed Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria after news publishers Daily Times lost their license to send delegates from rival contest Miss Nigeria to Miss World.[2] Since 2005, the pageant has produced multiple representatives, but the MBGN World recipient is considered the overall winner. Miss Universe Nigeria was reestablished in 2023, breaking away from MBGN and operating as an entirely different pageant.

Formation1986; 38 years ago (1986)
  • Nigeria
Official language
Pageant organiser
Silverbird Group[1]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The current titleholder is event planner Ada Eme who represented Abia.[3][4]

History edit

Former publisher Ben Murray-Bruce ventured into show business after his magazine Silverbird flopped. He took a loan of N200,000 from his father which he used to organise a number of successful concerts which saw artists like Shalamar and Kool and the Gang perform in Nigeria, after which he promoted a new pageant known as Miss Universe Nigeria in 1983 (Omololu Ojehomon was crowned winner but never competed in Miss Universe). Murray-Bruce's pageant only gained public attention after Miss Nigeria Universe metamorphosed into Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria in 1986,[2] and its first winner was model Lynda Chuba.[5]

MBGN winners were expected to represent Nigeria at Miss World and, until 2004, Miss Universe. Chuba was the first Nigerian in twenty-three years to compete after Edna Park in 1964,[6] while the first MBGN winner at Miss World was English Language student Omasan Buwa in 1987. As with most pageants, second-place winners are expected to replace the title-holder if they are unable to complete their reign; in MBGN this has only happened twice – Biology student Regina Askia replaced Bianca Onoh after the latter resigned in 1989,[7] while Philosophy student Ann Suinner continued Agbani Darego's reign after the latter was crowned Miss World in 2001.[8]

Winners traditionally adopt at least one platform (also known as 'pet project') during their reign – an issue which is of relevance to Nigeria. Once chosen, the winner (and occasionally other finalists) uses their status to address the public about their platform. The most popular was initially Sickle Cell Awareness, but others have included Polio,[9] Child labour,[10] Education, and Widow Empowerment.[11]

In 2007, Silverbird announced that the pageant would produce four more representatives apart from the winner. The original titles were Miss MBGN Universe (to represent at Miss Universe), MBGN Tourism (Miss Tourism International), and MBGN Ecowas (Miss Ecowas). The fifth title, MBGN Model, which allowed its holder to compete in modelling contests at international level, was briefly dropped and replaced with MBGN Ambassador, with its winner performing ceremonial duties in the country.[12] In 2021, MBGN acquired the Miss Supranational franchise.[13] The differences between MBGN and Miss Nigeria have been compared with Miss USA and Miss America. While MBGN delegates compete at international level, Miss Nigeria winners no longer have this privilege.[14] In 2010 Miss Nigeria was relaunched as a scholarship programme and its winners in recent years receive modelling contract as part of their prize.[15]

In 2023, Silverbird announced a separate pageant Miss Universe Nigeria would select Nigeria's new Miss Universe representative, breaking away from MBGN.[16]

Competition edit

Screening exercises (also known as 'auditions') are held nationwide to select contestants, and successful contestants will be coached on etiquette and stage presence at the boot-camp before competing at the finale, where segments include Interview and Evening Gown, and unlike Miss Nigeria, Swimwear.[17][18] In the pageant's early days, contestants were allowed to wear one-pieces of their choice for the swimsuit competition. Identical bikinis are now used instead. In 2014, a talent competition was introduced as part of the preliminaries.[19]

In the mid-nineties, after Nigeria yet again failed to place at Miss Universe and Miss World, MBGN organisers placed height and weight restrictions on contestants, and judges were advised not to select the woman they found most attractive, but the contestant with a greater chance of winning at international pageants.[citation needed]

Due to the country's conservative standards, very few contestants competed in the early days of MBGN, and competitors from Northern Nigeria are still rare as its predominantly Muslim population frown on beauty pageants. Guy Murray-Bruce, who succeeded his brother as pageant director in 1992 told The Guardian: "Getting the girls to come and participate was hard, and we literally had to beg them to participate. But since (former Miss World) Agbani [Darego] won it in 2001, we don't beg anyone anymore."[20]

MBGN focuses mainly on physical beauty unlike Miss Nigeria which is expected to promote inner beauty with a wholesome girl-next-door image – as a result its swimsuit competition was famously scrapped in 2010 but this feature remains popular at MBGN.[21]

Prizes for the winner vary each year, but have always included cash; as of 2012, it stands at N3,000,000, and most winners have received cars.[22]

Winners edit

MBGN 1988, Law student Bianca Onoh, was crowned Miss Africa in 1988, won the congeniality prize at Miss Charm 1988 held in Moscow, and won Miss Intercontinental in 1989,[23] Theatre Arts graduate Sabina Umeh was the first Nigerian to win the Personality prize at Miss World 1990, while Toyin Raji was the recipient in 1995 despite withdrawing from the pageant due to political protests.[24] Prior to this, Raji had been named Miss Congeniality at Miss Universe 1995.

At least three MBGN winners have previously competed in Miss Nigeria: Omasan Buwa (1987),[25] Sylvia Nduka (2010),[26] and Isabella Ayuk (2004)[27] Miss Nigeria 2002, Sylvia Edem, was in the top five at MBGN 1998,[28] as were Miss Nigeria 1993, Pharmacy graduate Janet Fateye, who had competed in MBGN 1992 as Kemi Fateye, [unreliable source?] and Mass Communications student Vien Tetsola who was named the "Millennium Queen" in 2000.

Many MBGN winners have pursued careers in entertainment, including Sabina Umeh,[29] Regina Askia,[30] Emma Komlosy, Celia Bissong,[31] and Munachi Nwankwo.[32] Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu and Omasan Buwa have moved into politics,[33] as has Bianca Onoh who became a presidential adviser, as well as an ambassador and Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the UNWTO while Nike Oshinowo has worked in pageantry.[34]

International crowns edit

Titleholders edit

MBGN 2001 Agbani Darego, who achieved Nigeria's only Big Four win at Miss World 2001

1986-2005 edit

Year MBGN State / Town Represented
1986 Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu
Miss Africa 1987[35]
1987 Omasan Tokunbo Buwa Warri
1988 Regina Imaobong Askia Usoro Akwa Ibom
Bianca Odinaka Olivia Onoh
Miss Intercontinental 1989
Miss Africa 1989
1990 Sabina Ifeoma Umeh Niger
1991 Adenike Asabi Oshinowo Rivers
1992 Sandra Guenefred Petgrave Akwa Ibom
1993 Rihole Gbinigie Edo
1994 Susan Hart Lagos
1995 Toyin Enitan Raji Kogi
1996 Emma Aret Patricia Komlosy Bayelsa
1998 Chika Lilian Chikezie Imo
1999 Angela Ukpoma Niger
2000 Matilda Nkechiye Kerry Rivers
2001 Anne Titilope Suinner Abuja
Ibiagbanidokibubo Asenite Darego
Miss World 2001
2002 Chinenye Ivy Ochuba Anambra
2003 Cecilia Ohumotu Bissong Cross River
2004 Anita Queen Uwagbele Edo
2005 Omowunmi Akinnifesi Kwara

2006 edit

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria / MBGN
Year World State Universe State Tourism State
2006 Abiola Bashorun Lagos Tienepre Alexandra Oki Delta Vanessa Agunbaide N/A

2007-2019 edit

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria / MBGN
Year World State Universe State Tourism State ECOWAS State Model State
2007 Munachi Gail Theresa Nwankwo Imo Ebinabo Potts-Johnson Bayelsa Sakana Dikko Plateau Erica Ekundaye Edo Anire Afejuku Ogun
2008 Adaeze Stephanie Igwe Anambra Stephanie Oforka Taraba Ure Obowu Enugu Uchechi Ejiogu Nasarawa Sandra Idugboe Edo
2009 Glory Chukwu Nasarawa Sandra Otohwo Delta Diana Odiaka Lagos Joy Ngozika Obasi Rivers Ugochi Ogugbue Imo
2010 Afoma Fiona Amuzie Plateau Ngozi Odaloni Niger Nengi Warikoko Rivers Chinenye Obiora Ekiti Lynda Dunkwu Gombe
2011 Sylvia Nduka Taraba Sophie Gemal Bayelsa Obioma Isiwu Enugu Grace Ndam Lagos Jennifer Igwegbe Gombe
2012 Isabella Agbor Ojong Ayuk * Cross River Damiete Charles-Granville * River Ifeoma Umeokeke Abuja Okafor Nkechinyere Osun Joyce Chidebe Kaduna
2013 Anna Ebiere Banner Bayelsa Stephanie Okwu Imo Powede Lawrence Adamawa Enoma Agboniko Kaduna Melissa Devidal Abuja
2014 Iheoma Amanda Nnadi Akwa Ibom Queen Osem Celestine Edo Chinyere Adogu Kwara Endurance Akpoyiba Osun Princess Dennar Abuja
2015 Unoaku Temitope Anyadike Anambra Debbie Collins Ebonyi Chizoba Ejike Abuja Chikaodili Nna-Udosen Bauchi Cynthia Sapara Edo

Notes edit

*Isabella Ayuk—originally MBGN World 2012—was unable to compete at Miss World due to age restrictions and was sent to Miss Universe instead, while runner-up Damiete Charles-Granville—MBGN Universe 2012—represented Nigeria at Miss World.

2017-2019 edit

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria / MBGN
Year World State Universe State Tourism State ECOWAS State
2017 Ugochi Mitchel Ihezue Kebbi Stephanie Agbasi Sokoto Winfrey Okolo Plateau Emmanuella Yaboh Oyo
2018 Anita Ukah Imo Aramide Oluwatobi Lopez Lagos Danielle Jatto Edo Valentina Ogbonaya Sokoto
2019 Nyekachi Esther Douglas Rivers Olutosin Itohan Araromi Taraba Pamela Ifejoku Abuja Akeelah Aminu Edo

2021-2022 edit

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria / MBGN
Year World State Universe State Supranational State Tourism State ECOWAS State
2021 Oluchi Chioma Madubuike Abuja Maristella Chidiogo Okpala Anambra Adaeze Chineme Abia Odjugo Mercy Jessica Bayelsa Lydia Okojie Bauchi
2022 Ada Agwu Eme Abia Montana Onose Felix Edo Genevieve Ukatu Anambra Ifeoma Uzogheli Abuja Lydia Balogun Lagos

2024-present edit

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria / MBGN
Year World State Tourism State ECOWAS State
2024 TBA

Other notable contestants edit

MBGN 2021 finalist Damilola Bolarinde, who later won TNQ 2022
MBGN 2002 finalist Stephanie Okereke, who placed third

Awards edit

The awards most frequently presented at MBGN are Miss Photogenic, Miss Amity, and Best Traditional Costume.[46]

From 2007 to 2012, soft drink marketers La Casera, in conjunction with MBGN, chose a contestant to be the face of their brand. The winner of the title, Miss La Casera, promoted their product and worked on various projects reaching out to society's less privileged.[47][48] The Miss La Casera winner also received a car and N1,000,000.[49]

Controversy edit

In 1989, several months after winning Miss Intercontinental, Bianca Onoh resigned after tabloids exposed her secret relationship with former Biafran leader and Ikemba of Nnewi, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, a political associate of her father over thirty years her senior, sparking outrageous rumors – Climax magazine falsely claimed Onoh was pregnant.[50] Although the couple never confirmed the relationship until their wedding in 1994, pageant organisers Silverbird were furious as MBGN title-holders are said to be discouraged from high-profile relationships during their tenure. Onoh later stated that the pressure of performing her duties as a pageant queen was unbearable, which explained her decision to hand over her crown to second-place winner Regina Askia who completed the remainder of Onoh's tenure as MBGN.[51]

Actress Ibinabo Fiberesima has said in numerous interviews that she had competed in 1998 and emerged second runner-up,[52][53] but this statement is questionable as the person who had actually placed third was International Relations student Sylvia Edem, who would later win Miss Nigeria in 2002.

In 2011, a day after the final, judges complained that the name announced as the winner was not the panel's choice. Sylvia Nduka, who most believed was an undeserving winner,[54] was asked by a reporter why she had failed to promptly respond to a question during the interview stage, and she replied that she was unprepared, as MBGN was her first pageant.[55] However, YouTube videos later revealed that Accountancy student Nduka had contested in Miss Nigeria 2010 where she received coaching in etiquette and media and participated in the competition's reality show, but failed to make the final ten at the grand finale in Abuja – reports claim that an enraged Nduka, who had represented Kaduna, refused to return to the stage during eventual winner Damilola Agbajor's coronation and even smashed her 'Miss Kaduna' plaque.[56] Silverbird later defended Nduka, stating "Everybody will always have something to say when someone wins. Even when Agbani Darego won in 2001, people talked. And as for [Nduka] goofing her questions, it's just a case of her being nervous, I spoke with her at the after-party of the pageant and she was quite eloquent."[54]

2012 winner Isabella Ayuk claimed to be twenty-six when she competed, until reports suggested that she had forged her age, thus giving the impression that she was younger than her actual years (she was said to be thirty). Despite a public outcry, pageant director Guy Murray-Bruce stated that Ayuk would not be dethroned and will continue to serve as the reigning queen.[57] However, due to age restrictions, she did not represent Nigeria at Miss World that year.[58]

Shortly after Agbani Darego's victory at Miss World, Miss Nigeria 2001 Amina Ekpo took legal action against her MBGN counterpart whom she accused of misrepresentation, stating that Darego had fraudulently presented herself as "Miss Nigeria" at the international pageant, and had not been authorised to use the title. Former Daily Times managing director Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo, who had famously described MBGN winners as "lowly-rated queens" at the Miss Nigeria 2001 grand finale, supported the $10,000,000 lawsuit, claiming "We will do everything possible to make sure we prevent people from tampering with a patented pageant like Miss Nigeria, [and] will not allow anybody to misrepresent us."[59]

Titleholders under MBGN edit

MBGN Universe edit

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
The MBGN Universe represents her country at the Miss Universe pageant. Before 2005, MBGN winners represented Nigeria at both Miss Universe and Miss World. On occasion, when the official representative failed to qualify due to age restrictions or was unavailable, runners-up were sent instead.

In 2023, MBGN Universe was replaced with Miss Universe Nigeria, breaking ties with MBGN.
Year State MBGN Universe Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards
2022 Edo Hannah Iribhogbe[60] Unplaced
2021 Anambra Maristella Okpala[61] Unplaced
  • Best National Costume
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no representative in 2020
2019 Taraba Olutosin Araromi[62] Top 20
2018 Lagos Aramide Lopez Unplaced
2017 Sokoto Stephanie Agbasi Unplaced
2016 Anambra Unoaku Anyadike Unplaced
2015 Ebonyi Debbie Collins Unplaced
2014 Edo Queen Osem Celestine Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
2013 Imo Stephanie Okwu Unplaced
2012 Cross River Isabella Ayuk Unplaced
2011 Bayelsa Sophie Gemal Unplaced
  • Best National Costume (8th Runner-up)
2010 Niger Ngozi Odaloni Unplaced
2009 Delta Sandra Otohwo Unplaced
2008 Taraba Stephanie Oforka Unplaced
2007 Bayelsa Ebinabo Potts-Johnson Unplaced
2006 Delta Tienepre Alexandra Oki Unplaced
2005 Lagos Roseline Amusu Unplaced
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN)
2004 Benin City Anita Uwagbale Unplaced
2003 Cross River Celia Bissong Unplaced
2002 Anambra Chinenye Ochuba Unplaced
2001 Rivers Agbani Darego Top 10
2000 Rivers Matilda Kerry Unplaced
1999 Imo Angela Ukpoma Unplaced
1998 Imo Chika Chikezie Unplaced
Did not compete between 1996—1997
1995 Kogi Toyin Raji Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
1994 Benue Susan Hart Unplaced
1993 Lagos Rihole Gbinigie Unplaced
1992 Akwa Ibom Sandra Petgrave Unplaced
1991 Lagos Tonia Okogbenin Unplaced
1990 Niger Sabina Umeh Unplaced
1989 Abuja Bianca Onoh Unplaced
1988 Warri Omasan Buwa Unplaced
1987 Imo Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu Unplaced

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria World edit

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
The MBGN World titleholder represents her country at the Miss World pageant. Before MBGN, Miss World Nigeria sent their second-place winner Gina Onyejiaka, to Miss World 1963. Miss Nigeria, the official national pageant, held the franchise from 1964 to 1986 until MBGN took over the franchise. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age), a runner-up is sent.
Year State MBGN World Placement at Miss World Special Awards
2023 Abia Ada Eme[63] Top 40
  • Head-to-Head Challenge
2022 Miss World 2021 was rescheduled to 16 March 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Puerto Rico, no edition started in 2022
2021 Abuja Oluchi Madubuike[61] Unplaced
2020 Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no competition held
2019 Rivers Nyekachi Douglas[62] Top 5
2018 Imo Anita Ukah Top 30
2017 Kebbi Ugochi Ihezue Top 15
2016 Ebonyi Debbie Collins Unplaced
2015 Anambra Unoaku Anyadike Unplaced
2014 Akwa Ibom Iheoma Nnadi Unplaced
2013 Bayelsa Anna Banner Unplaced
2012 Rivers Damiete Granville Top 30
2011 Taraba Sylvia Nduka Unplaced
2010 Plateau Fiona Aforma Amuzie Unplaced
2009 Nasarawa Glory Chukwu Unplaced
2008 Anambra Adaeze Igwe Unplaced
2007 Imo Munachi Nwankwo Unplaced
2006 Lagos Abiola Bashorun Unplaced
2005 Kwara Omowunmi Akinnifesi Unplaced
Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN)
2004 Benin City Anita Uwagbale Top 15
  • Miss World Africa
2003 Cross River Celia Bissong Unplaced
2002 Anambra Chinenye Ochuba Top 10
  • Miss World Africa
2001 Rivers Agbani Darego Miss World 2001
  • Miss World Africa
2000 Rivers Matilda Kerry Unplaced
1999 Imo Angela Ukpoma Unplaced
1998 Imo Chika Chikezie Unplaced
1997 Did not compete
1996 Bayelsa Emma Komlosy Unplaced
1995 Did not compete
1994 Benue Susan Hart Unplaced
1993 Lagos Rihole Gbinigie Unplaced
1992 Akwa Ibom Sandra Petgrave Unplaced
1991 Rivers Nike Oshinowo Unplaced
1990 Niger Sabina Umeh Unplaced
1989 Abuja Bianca Onoh Unplaced
1988 Warri Omasan Buwa Unplaced
1987 Mary Ngazi Bienoseh Top 15
  • Miss World Africa

MBGN Supranational edit

  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
The MBGN Supranational represents her country at the Miss Supranational pageant. As of 2023, Miss Supranational representatives are selected at Miss Universe Nigeria.
Year State MBGN Supranational Placement at Miss Supranational Special Awards
2022 Abia Adaeze Chineme[61] Unplaced
2021 Edo Akeelah Aminu[62] Unplaced

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